Born in Guyana, RAYMOND CHICKRIE was a teacher in the New York City public school system, New York, currently teaching in the Middle East.
Palestine seeks support from Guyana and Suriname
- By Raymond Chickrie
- Published 07/6/2011
Last week in Kazakhstan, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held a bilateral meeting with the Surinamese delegation in which the talks focused on supporting OIC programs and projects, mobilizing support for recognition of the Palestinian State at the UN General Assembly in September, and improving bilateral cooperation between the OIC and Suriname, according to an OIC news release.
Some Caricom members that are undecided on the issue are Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua and Barbados. Israel and its supporters in the United States have launched a diplomatic war to convince them, and a group of nations in the Pacific to go against the Palestinian resolution in the GA this fall. It is a well established fact that the United States will use its veto to block the move in the Security Council. Washington has been lobbying some undecided EU members, Colombia, and some tiny pacific nations to not back a Palestinian state.
At the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference in Bali a few weeks ago, the 120-nation block expressed strong support for an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. But Thailand, Burma, Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras and Singapore were among the 30 NAM members that have not come forward with their positions on the two-state solution. The majority countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America will back the Palestinian at the UN. Most of these countries since 1988 have recognized a Palestinian state.
Wiki leaks revealed that the Palestinian have been weak and at the mercy of the Israeli in negotiating since the Oslo Accords. They have conceded much in negotiations, on the other hand, the Israeli have conceded nothing. It is in this backdrop that the Palestinians are now unwilling to concede more and most likely will go to the UN General Assembly this September to seek statehood despite fierce US pressure.